# How Well Do You Know Units of Measure?

By: Becky
3 min
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Are you a measure twice, cut once kind of person? If so, this is the quiz for you.

Measurements are a way to standardize the meaning of length, volume, and weight. Without some form of standard measurements, we would not be able to communicate properly with one another. Can you imagine telling your neighbor how far the grocery store is without some frame of reference? Would you be able to tell your sister how much flour to put into a cake without units of measurement? "About that far" and "about that much" really doesn't properly convey the concept of weights and measures properly. (never mind the fact that grandma used to cup her hand to measure out flour and call it a cup)

Interestingly, many units of measure were once gauged using the human body. A foot was really once a human foot. An inch can be measured using your thumb in a pinch. The body was a great way to measure things because ... well ... everyone has one. Thank goodness we've moved away from using parts of the body to measure things or we'd have some crazy-looking buildings.

How well do you remember your units of measure? Take this quiz to find out.

How many feet are in a yard?
Two
Three
Four
Five

There are three feet in a yard. Did you know that the foot we know as 12 inches is actually based on an old unit of measure based on actual human feet?

If you had four cups, how many quarts would you have?
One
Two
Three
Four

If you had four cups, you would have one quart. There are four cups in a quart.

How many ounces are in a cup?
4
8
16
32

There are eight ounces in a cup. These would be referred to as fluid ounces.

One mile is made up of how many feet?
1,630
3,190
5,280
7,400

There are 5,280 feet in a mile. That's a lot of walking!

How many grams are in a kilogram?
500
1,000
1,500
2,000

There are roughly 1,000 grams in a kilogram. "Kilo" is a Greek reference to one thousand.

If you had one quart of milk, how many liters would you have?
One
Two
Three
Four

If you had one quart of milk, you'd have about one liter. To be exact, one quart of milk is equal to 946.352946 milliliters.

How many teaspoons are in a cup?
4
8
12
16

There are 16 teaspoons in a cup. So, if you lose your measuring cup, just count out 16 teaspoons ... one ... by ... one.

If you were an inchworm, how many inches would it take you to travel a mile?
5,432
21,319
63,360
1,593,100

There are a whopping 63,360 inches in a mile. Poor little inchworm!

What is the diameter of a quarter?
One inch
One thumb
One centimeter
One quarter

A quarter is approximately one inch in diameter. We'll wait while you get your ruler.

What do fathoms measure?
Length
Volume
Depth
Width

Fathoms measure depth. One fathom is equal to six feet.

Four sticks of butter usually weigh how much?
One ounce
One pound
One liter
One gallon

Four sticks of butter are equal to one pound. Many foods are sold by weight.

What can you use to measure one inch if you don't have a ruler?

The distance between the tip of your thumb and the knuckle is about one inch. We'd really enjoy seeing you try to use your nose, though.

About how much does a gallon of water weigh?
Two pounds
Four pounds
Six pounds
Eight pounds

A gallon of liquid weighs 8.3 pounds. Interestingly, the exact weight of a gallon of water can vary according to the temperature of the contents.

Do U.S. runways have a standard length?
Yes, U.S. runways are about one mile long
Yes, U.S. runways are exactly 250 feet long
Yes, U.S. runways are roughly a quarter mile long
No, U.S. runways do not have a standard length

U.S. runways are about one mile long. Having a standard length enables pilots to standardize the landing process.

If a man is six feet tall, how many inches would he be?
60
64
72
76

There are 12 inches in one foot. Therefore, there would be 72 inches in six feet.

In the United States, we use Fahrenheit to measure temperature. What do they use in Canada?
Feet
Cups
Nanos
Celsius

Canadians measure temperature using the Celsius scale. In fact, most of the world uses Celsius.

If you drank a cup of water, how many ounces would you consume?
8
12
16
24

One cup is eight ounces. You should drink about eight cups, or 64 ounces, of water every day.

A banana is best measured using which of the following units of measure?
Inches
Feet
Yards
Miles

A banana would be best measured using inches. Can you imagine a yard-long banana?

How many ounces are in one serving of Pepsi?
8
12
16
20

There are 12 ounces in a serving of Pepsi. Each serving has 150 calories.

How many feet are in a furlong?
220
440
660
880

There are 660 feet in a furlong. Cities like Chicago and Salt Lake City were designed using furlongs.

How many ounces are in one pound?
2
4
8
16

There are 16 ounces in one pound. There are 454 grams in one pound.

If a recipe called for 230 grams of sugar and you only had a one-cup measure, how many cups would of sugar would you use?
One
Two
Three
Four

You would use one cup of sugar. There are 230 grams in eight ounces, and eight ounces is one cup.

Which of the following reflects the volume of a standard concrete mixer truck?
390 ounces
390 gallons
390 cups
390 cubic feet

Concrete mixer trucks are measured using cubic feet. Therefore, a standard concrete mixer truck holds 390 cubic feet.

At what Fahrenheit temperature does water boil?
98.6 degrees
104 degrees
212 degrees
360 degrees

Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. It boils at 100 degrees Celsius.

If you needed to work out using one-pound weights, but you don't want to buy any, what could you use instead?
One gallon of milk
One quart of orange juice
A can of green beans
One bag of sugar

If you're too cheap to buy hand weights, try using a can of green beans. A can of fruit or veggies typically weighs one pound.

How many pounds are in one ton?
1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000

There are 2,000 pounds in one ton. So, you see, you really don't weigh a ton.

How is the word "pound" abbreviated?
oz.
ft.
in.
lb.

The abbreviation for the word "pound" is "lb." The abbreviation comes from the Latin word for scales, which is libra.

How many gallons are in a barrel of oil?
21
42
84
106

There are 42 gallons in one barrel of oil. That's about 160 liters.

What is the average human body temperature?
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit
37 degrees Celcius
Both A and B
Neither A or B

The average body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 39 degrees Celsius. If you're a bit off of these measurements, don't worry, that's normal.

If a recipe calls for one "fl. oz.," what is it saying?
Flounder
Finder's fee
Fluid ounce
Pound

The abbreviation "fl. oz." stands for "fluid ounce." Liquids are measured in fluid ounces.

Thirty-six inches is what unit of measure?
One foot
One yard
One mile
One fathom

Thirty six inches is equal to one yard. It is also equal to three feet.

You can buy soda by what unit of volume?
Inch
Pound
Liter
Yard

You can buy soda by the liter. Odd that we buy other beverages by the ounce, pint or gallon.

In the U.S., blood is measured by which of the following?
Pint
Yard
Ounce
Foot

In the U.S., blood is measured by the pint. Blood donors donate one pint at a time.

How many milligrams are in one carat?
220
440
660
880

There are 220 milligrams in one carat. That's carat, not carrot.

The dimensions of Noah's Ark are in what unit of measure?
Feet
Miles
Inches
Cubits